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The Prodigal Republican: Faith and Politics

The Prodigal Republican: Faith and Politics

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The Prodigal Republican: Faith and Politics

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Oct 16, 2012


The Prodigal Republican chronicles the historic relationship between blacks, Democrats, and Republicans. It is based on three topics: voting your values, family leadership, and Christian faith, all geared toward strengthening the American family generally and the black family in particular.

The Prodigal Republican encourages everyone to return to core values by being self-reliant and realizing that government aid is never a pathway to prosperity; by promoting the sanctity of human life; and by favoring traditional marriage to perpetuate humanity.

The Prodigal Republican is a guide to strengthen the family through a common-sense approach by avoiding teen pregnancy before marriage, graduating from high school and university or trade school, considering marriage, and having a work ethic.

The Prodigal Republican makes a case for Christians to actively engage in the political process. Christians are called to engage in the political process in order to elect godly leaders and to consequently impact the community with their Judeo-Christian values.

Oct 16, 2012

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More than twenty years ago, Marc T. Little said “yes” to life after a gang member tried to end it; instead, the gunshot took his right leg, propelling him to destiny. Now through his work as a lawyer, entrepreneur, community builder, and church administrator for more than a decade, he teaches others how to say “yes” to life. Little earned his Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate from the Gould School of Law at USC in 1994. His own firm specializes in entertainment transactions. His pursuit of higher education continues at Fuller Seminary. Little also works on various boards and commissions focusing on family preservation and poverty. Little is a founding board member for Crown Preparatory Academy, a Los Angeles inner city-based charter middle school. Son of a single mother and Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, Marc desires to make a positive difference in his community; he is unwilling to allow anyone else to dictate his destiny. He believes that by doing so, he motivates himself and others to say “yes” to life.

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Introduction: The Prodigal Son

Chapter 1: Proud Black Man

Chapter 2: My Politics: What I Believe

Chapter 3: From Republican to Democrat: The Black Political Journey

Chapter 4: The Train from Washington Is One Hundred Years Overdue

Chapter 5: The Pied Pipers

Chapter 6: A Letter to the Family

Chapter 7: A Challenge to the Republican Party

Chapter 8: Are You a Democrat or a Republican? Take the Test

Chapter 9: It’s a Matter of Faith and Politics




To my unborn children and the next generation.


Behind every successful person is a cadre of family and friends responsible for helping him achieve his dreams.

I was a Pro Bowl running back with the Denver Broncos and retired as the seventh-leading rusher in NFL history. In 2010, I was immortalized with my induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But to get there I needed love, support, and inspiration from those closest to me. I got all of that and more from my tight-knit family and especially my son, Marc Little.

Marc is not like a regular son. He’s also my lawyer, my adviser, and my best friend. Life would be very different if Marc weren’t around.

In 1987, while attending the University of Southern California, Marc was robbed at gunpoint. The assailant shot him in the leg. Bleeding to death, Marc was rushed to the hospital and flat-lined several times. His leg had to be amputated, but somehow by the grace of God, he pulled through. When I learned he was going to be okay, I leaned into him and whispered, If you don’t make it, can I have your TV? His eyes widened and I felt him clutch my arm. You don’t want my TV, he muttered. Why? I asked. Sounding as serious as a sermon, Marc said, Because it’s black and white. We burst into laughter as I gave him a hug. We have that kind of joking but loving relationship.

A few years after he recovered, I took Marc to my alma mater, Syracuse University. We were having lunch at The Varsity, a great eatery on the Syracuse campus. The Varsity has been a landmark since my college days, and I took Marc there to soak in the atmosphere and let him experience a slice of my college life. We weren’t there five minutes before two students approached our table.

One of them said, Mr. Little, my friend and I have a bet that we want you to settle. We were discussing what year you were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I say it was 1982. My friend says 1984. Who’s right?

I swallowed my drink and looked up at their hopeful faces. Sorry, I said, but I’ve never even been nominated. My voice trailed off. Marc saw the sadness in my eyes that day as I had to tell yet another fan that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. When we got home, Marc sat down and wrote a letter to the sports editor of the Denver Post detailing why I should be a Hall of Famer. I was blown away by the passion of his letter. So I made a promise to Marc that if I ever did make it to Canton, he would be my presenter.

Twenty years after my promise, Marc was there to present me before a stadium filled with thousands of people and to millions on TV. Marc’s words resonated with me and my whole family. He did a magnificent job. He told everyone that either of his two sisters, Christy or Kyra, could have done an excellent job in presenting me, but he was asked to represent our family. I thought that was marvelous.

You can probably tell how much Marc means to me. We are very close. Because he came so close to dying all those years ago, he and I go on a father-son trip somewhere fantastic each year on his birthday to celebrate his life. His passion and zest for life are truly contagious.

A song that we play a lot on those trips is Wind Beneath My Wings—not the Bette Midler version, but the Eddie and Gerald Levert version. It’s a beautiful rendition with an incredible sax performance. Eddie and Gerald were an incredible father-son musical group. Eddie was the lead singer of the O’Jays back in the 1970s. Gerald performed in some great groups before teaming up with his father. They had many hits including Wind Beneath My Wings. The song always meant so much to us. But it meant even more after Gerald tragically passed away in 2006 at forty. He was Marc’s age.

I have always told Marc that he and his sisters are the wind beneath my wings. As I was watching Marc present me at the Hall of Fame, I was thinking about our incredible relationship. He was telling everyone how much I deserved the honor and how much I meant to him and our family. Then, right at the end of his presentation, he said, "Dad, you are the wind beneath our wings! When I heard that, I lost it. I got up with tears in my eyes. I hugged Marc and said, You dirty dog. You rolled me under the bus. Marc just looked at me with his eyes flushed and said, Straighten your tie, Dad. Go knock ’em dead."

Right then, I knew God had saved Marc for me just for that moment.

As you experience the passion and emotion of Marc’s book, remember how valuable life is. It is God’s favor that you are alive and have air in your lungs and the grace to make every day count.

I greet every morning that way because I am grateful that I have been blessed with Marc. He’s my hero. When I finally grow up, I want to be just like him.

—Floyd Little


Aspecial thank you to my bride and best friend, Tegra, who pushed me and encouraged the three-year process of birthing this book. Thank you for listening, for reading, and for showing unwavering patience.

I thank my family for providing a model of conservatism before I knew what conservative meant. Specifically, I thank my great aunt, Sinita Walker-Stanley, and her late husband, Rennie Stanley, who were the original Republicans, and my father, Floyd Little, who gave me a context to understand fiscal conservatism.

I would also like to thank those who inspired me to be openly conservative despite the unpopularity of that stand. Specifically, I thank Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for continuing to stand for conservatism in the face of evil, destructive forces; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for an exemplary life of service and commitment to conservatism and to our nation; economist Thomas Sowell for being a standard-bearer for conservative thought; and the late District Court Judge Robert M. Takasugi for allowing me to be a judicial extern and tenderly helping me discover my conservatism although he was proudly liberal.

I would like to acknowledge those writers who created a body of work that significantly shaped my thoughts: David Barton, Larry Elder, Michael K. Fauntroy, Mark R. Levin, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Lee H. Walker, Juan Williams, and Michael Zak.

I also thank Christopher Thomas, Steven Stevo Johnson, and Vincent Green whose cravings for black political knowledge, debate, and my conservative perspective during the 2008 election were the impetus for this book.

Finally, I thank my mother, Antoinette, without whom I would not have valued education, would not have appreciated the value of hard work, and would not have discovered Jesus Christ at such an early age. She laid the foundation for me to be the man I am today.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.



The Prodigal Son

The title of this book and the philosophy behind it are based in large measure on the story of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11–32 (New International Version). While the parable has everything to do with how God handles our sin and our sinful nature, the story also has a practical application to our everyday lives and especially to blacks in America today. I will share a shortened version of the story.

Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

"So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

"The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

"But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

"But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

In this parable, the son, whom Scripture refers to as lost, received his inheritance from his father, left his father’s house, and spent his time in a far-off country squandering that inheritance. He partied, spending his money on prostitutes and all sorts of debauchery. He abandoned the values he had learned from his father. He became corrupt. Then, after his money was gone, he found himself in an economic crisis: he had no access to money, there was a famine, and no one would give him a handout. He had no place to go.

The only way the lost son was able to change his circumstances was by changing himself. The story says he came to his senses. In the squalor of his life, in the mud and guts of a pigpen, he began to think. He saw the error of his ways and began to envision himself back at home.

His mind allowed him to imagine a brighter day.

The son’s situation was so bad that he planned to beg his father to hire him as one of the servants. Anything would be better than the pigpen!

With a changed mind, the lost son picked himself up and returned home. The story tells us that his father received him without judgment and with great compassion.

Blacks in America are steeped in rich history, heritage, and culture but generally have found themselves in the country’s pigpen: economically disadvantaged, disproportionately uneducated and incarcerated, and the leaders of a generation of single-parent households. Blacks are in a far-off country, so to speak; in many instances, conditions for blacks in America cannot be worse. Many segments of the black community suffer from moral decay and economic bankruptcy.

But like the lost son, the black community can survive by thinking for itself—one person at a time. Look at the circumstances in our communities today. Blacks are 13.6 percent of the population but make

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